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Chambers of George Coates
Guildford Chambers
STOKE HOUSE, LEAPALE LANE
GUILDFORD
GU1 4LY
England

South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 3

Family law is a key strength of Guildford Chambers, whose solid team of juniors is instructed across the whole range of family proceedings from public and private children law matters to financial remedies. Head of chambers George Coates is a notable senior junior for financial family disputes; Claire Shrimpton and Fiona Griffin are regularly instructed for local authorities, guardians and parents in care and adoption proceedings.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Fiona Griffin - Guildford ChambersA sensible barrister. A safe pair of hands who is prepared to fight.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christine Julien - Guildford ChambersA meticulous and articulate advocate. Her knowledge of her cases, and of her clients' aims, is a pleasure to see.
Ranked: Tier 2
Claire Shrimpton - Guildford ChambersClaire is an excellent advocate. She communicates with clients in a warm and friendly manner, while remaining professional and clear in her advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersClients feel at ease with him and are impressed by his ability to think quickly on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersShe is truly a pleasure to watch in court and is precise, thorough and succinct when putting forward her client's case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Janet Haywood - Guildford ChambersJanet is a very safe pair of hands. The empathy that she shows for her clients, particularly vulnerable parents facing difficult care proceedings, means she is always a go to option.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersClients feel at ease with him and are impressed by his ability to think quickly on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersShe is truly a pleasure to watch in court and is precise, thorough and succinct when putting forward her client's case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Hannah McSorley - Guildford ChambersHannah is extremely thorough in her preparation and grasps the principle issues very quickly. She has a lovely easy manner with lawyers and clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Guildford Chambers is welcoming, professional and a pleasure to work with‘.

A friendly set‘.

Clerking

Very helpful clerking team, always willing to help at the last minute and work hard to meet any demand‘.

Gavin Street and Simon Morris are both brilliant clerks and have very good relationships with solicitors‘.

Gavin Street is a brilliant clerk. He prioritises his clients and it is a relief to know you can rely on him‘.

South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 3

Family law is a key strength of Guildford Chambers, whose solid team of juniors is instructed across the whole range of family proceedings from public and private children law matters to financial remedies. Head of chambers George Coates is a notable senior junior for financial family disputes; Claire Shrimpton and Fiona Griffin are regularly instructed for local authorities, guardians and parents in care and adoption proceedings.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Fiona Griffin - Guildford ChambersA sensible barrister. A safe pair of hands who is prepared to fight.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christine Julien - Guildford ChambersA meticulous and articulate advocate. Her knowledge of her cases, and of her clients' aims, is a pleasure to see.
Ranked: Tier 2
Claire Shrimpton - Guildford ChambersClaire is an excellent advocate. She communicates with clients in a warm and friendly manner, while remaining professional and clear in her advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersClients feel at ease with him and are impressed by his ability to think quickly on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersShe is truly a pleasure to watch in court and is precise, thorough and succinct when putting forward her client's case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Janet Haywood - Guildford ChambersJanet is a very safe pair of hands. The empathy that she shows for her clients, particularly vulnerable parents facing difficult care proceedings, means she is always a go to option.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersClients feel at ease with him and are impressed by his ability to think quickly on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersShe is truly a pleasure to watch in court and is precise, thorough and succinct when putting forward her client's case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Hannah McSorley - Guildford ChambersHannah is extremely thorough in her preparation and grasps the principle issues very quickly. She has a lovely easy manner with lawyers and clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Guildford Chambers is welcoming, professional and a pleasure to work with‘.

A friendly set‘.

Clerking

Very helpful clerking team, always willing to help at the last minute and work hard to meet any demand‘.

Gavin Street and Simon Morris are both brilliant clerks and have very good relationships with solicitors‘.

Gavin Street is a brilliant clerk. He prioritises his clients and it is a relief to know you can rely on him‘.

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction

Guildford Chambers is a progressive, multi-disciplinary set of barristers, uniquely positioned to provide competitive and effective advocacy for individuals and businesses in the South East. The set’s portfolio of clients value its collaborative approach and strong and successful working relationships. Guildford Chambers operates a system of specialist practice groups which ensure clients receive the best advice and advocacy from their chosen barrister. The set’s barristers and its experienced and responsive clerking team share an uncompromising attitude to quality and client service, with a sensible approach to cost. Chambers’ core fields of specialism are family, children and finance; property; wills, trusts and probate; commercial and employment; personal injury and professional negligence; and public sector.

The set: Established in 1976, Guildford Chambers has a deserved reputation for excellence in its fields of practice, and a friendly, down-to-earth approach. It accepts instructions from solicitors in private or corporate practice and local authorities, and prosecutes on behalf of many agencies. Its members appear in courts and tribunals, chair arbitrations and attend conferences at venues throughout the country, and some are part-time judges. It undertakes direct professional access work and welcomes direct instructions from surveyors, accountants and members of other approved professional bodies. Members also undertake public access work.

Types of work undertaken: The family team deals with all aspects of divorce and separation. Expertise regarding children includes emergency protection orders, care and supervision orders, learning disability, chronic neglect, emotional abuse and sexual abuse, as well as residence and contact. Financial expertise includes the full range of financial remedy, from high-value cases often involving complex trust arrangements, family business, pension and property issues, to more straightforward cases, including middle- and low-income matters. Experience includes TOLATA/cohabitee disputes, Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 matters and Inheritance Act issues.

Chancery and property work includes all areas of land law (including rights of way and other easements and restrictive covenants), proprietary estoppel and other equitable remedies, landlord and tenant, trusts of land, trusts and related tax considerations, and wills and probate.

Commercial litigation on behalf of corporate and private clients includes bankruptcy, company issues, contract, construction and consumer protection law.

Employment expertise ranges from references and recruitment issues to drafting contracts, policies and procedures, advising on employee incentive schemes, and handling director and senior executive severance, as well as representation at tribunals regarding unfair dismissal and other claims, together with disciplinary hearings.

Personal injury work varies in complexity and value, from routine fast-track road traffic claims to multi-track clinical negligence claims at county and High Court level. Clinical negligence is a specialism.

Education expertise on behalf of local authorities, responsible bodies and parents includes special education needs, disability discrimination in schools, admission and exclusion cases, and education of children in care, as well as further and higher education and education negligence issues. Members act for independent schools in relation to contractual disputes, discrimination claims, admissions and exclusions, and advise on the CSCI inspection requirements for boarding providers.

Professional regulatory work extends to teachers, social workers, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and dentists. Social care issues include children’s homes, boarding schools, residential special schools, domiciliary care, nurses’ agencies and matters under the jurisdiction of the healthcare commission. Regarding costs litigation, the firm has experience in conducting detailed assessments in the Senior Courts Costs Office and in county courts as the receiving party and paying party, and has been involved in many cases.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior Clerk Simon Morris
First junior Clerk Gavin Street
Head of Chambers COATES, George (1990)
Member of Chambers JONES, Michael Adrian Lyster (1972)
Member of Chambers SHRIMPTON, Claire (1983)
Member of Chambers HAYWOOD, Janet (1985)
Member of Chambers JULIEN, Christine (1991)
Member of Chambers SELLERS, Robin (1994)
Member of Chambers MOULDER, Paul (1997)
Deputy Head of Chambers GILLAN, Dominique (1998)
Member of Chambers MITCHELL, Christian (2001)
Member of Chambers GRIFFIN, Fiona (2003)
Member of Chambers MORTON, Rowan (2004)
Member of Chambers McLAUGHLIN, Victoria (2004)
Member of Chambers WALKER-HAWORTH, Jamie (2005)
Member of Chambers AUSTIN, Andrew (2009)
Member of Chambers McCAULEY, Christopher (2009)
Member of Chambers McSORLEY, Hannah (2010)
Member of Chambers HOLLAND, Nicola (2010)
Member of Chambers LAVIS, Harriet (2014)
Member of Chambers MOON, Sarah (2013)
Member of Chambers TRIM, Luke (2014)
Member of Chambers ROCK, Katharine (2017)
Member of Chambers SMALLWOOD, Laura (1987)
Member of Chambers KELLY, Suzanne (2018)
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Andrew Austin  photo Andrew Austin Family Andrew accepts instructions in family law, specialising in private children and…
George Coates photo George CoatesFamily George Coates specialises in financial remedies in divorce proceedings and related…
Dominique Gillan  photo Dominique Gillan Dominique has developed an extensive practice in the field of ancillary relief.…
Fiona Griffin photo Fiona GriffinFiona has considerable experience representing parents, grandparents, guardians and local authorities in…
Janet Haywood photo Janet HaywoodJanet practises exclusively in family law, including children’s cases and domestic violence…
Nicola Holland  photo Nicola Holland Nicola was graded ‘outstanding’ on the Bar Vocational Course and awarded the…
Michael Jones  photo Michael Jones Family: Michael has experience in ancillary relief and conducting all matters in…
Christine Julien photo Christine JulienChristine has specialized in all areas of family law for the past…
Suzanne Kelly  photo Suzanne Kelly Suzanne represents clients in all aspects of Family Law in particular children…
Miss Harriet Lavis  photo Miss Harriet Lavis Family Harriet joined Guildford Chambers in 2017 after successfully completing her pupillage.…
Chris McCauley  photo Chris McCauley Commercial and Company Christopher’s commercial practice has a chancery focus and his…
Victoria McLaughlin  photo Victoria McLaughlin Ancillary relief: advising and acting in all aspects of ancillary relief and…
Hannah Mcsorley  photo Hannah Mcsorley Hannah joined Chambers in 2011, having completed her pupillage in a leading…
Christian Mitchell  photo Christian Mitchell Family: Christian Mitchell has extensive experience in both public and private aspects…
Sarah Moon  photo Sarah Moon Sarah accepts instructions in all areas family law and has experience in…
Rowan Morton photo Rowan MortonProperty Rowan has a diverse property practice that incorporates ToLATA, proprietary estoppel,…
Paul Moulder  photo Paul Moulder Property Paul is regularly instructed by landlords and tenants in relation to…
Katharine Rock  photo Katharine Rock Katharine joined Guildford Chambers as a family pupil in 2018. She read…
Robin Sellers  photo Robin Sellers Crime: Robin has practised as a criminal barrister for over 20 years,…
Claire Shrimpton photo Claire ShrimptonClaire is an experienced family law practitioner with proven skills in the…
Laura Smallwood  photo Laura Smallwood Laura practised in London and then at Guildford Chambers, predominantly in landlord…
Luke Trim  photo Luke Trim Luke joined Guildford Chambers in 2018 as a civil law pupil. Luke…
Jamie Walker-Haworth  photo Jamie Walker-Haworth Personal Injury Prior to joining chambers, Jamie spent 8 years as an…
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